‘Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop’ is Abby Clements’ second novel.
When Anna and Imogen unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but while it’s big on charm, it’s low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly, their grandmothers legacy will disappear forever. With summer looming, the sisters devise a plan to return Vivien’s to its former glory. Rather than sell up, they will train up and the make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map. While Imogen watches the shop, Anna flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream making course, but as she works shoulder to shoulder with some of the best chefs in the industry, Anna finds that love can blossom in the most unexpected of places.
I loved this book and found it to be a lovely and light hearted story that is perfect to curl up to as a holiday read. The lead characters are sisters Anna and Imogen and are two different sides of the coin that make for interesting reading. Anna is the older home bird of the sisters, enjoys settled life with her boyfriend Jon and his little boy Alfie whereas Imogen is free spirited girl that enjoys exploring the world and having no commitments, but their lives take a sudden change of direction when they are left in charge of their grandmother’s ice cream shop. With no experience of managing a shop or knowing how to make ice cream, the two girls embark on a adventure together, proving to themselves, their family and the people around them that they can make a success of it.
The chapters alternate between the sisters, which makes the story especially interesting as they both battle with inner struggles to make it the shop success, dealing with love and family issues gives the story a nice realistic feel. The story is beautifully descriptive and vivid, as Anna travels to Italy on an ice cream making course, the descriptions of the country and the foods she encounters can regularly make for mouthwatering reading.
With one of the prettiest book covers of 2013, ‘Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop’ is sweetly written and entertaining, with charming characters, and an absolute overindulgence of ice creams, sweets and all things tasty which makes this story the perfect summer treat.
You can buy amazon_link id=”B00B83PO5O” target=”_blank” ]Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop on Amazon [/amazon_link] and is available to buy from good bookshops.